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How Is The Event Business Doing?

It has been awhile since I took a deep dive into the data on how the event business is doing. With over 2,000 venues and more than one million events managed by Tripleseat we have a deep data set to understand such things as the average Price Per Person for an event per year or what the Average Event is worth. Now, obviously, every restaurant, hotel or unique venue is different and your average may be different, but the data set a good benchmark on how you are doing.

Private Events Never Take A Day Off

It is a common belief that the event business has a “slow season”. Usually this slow down is after the Holidays in February and again during the Summer months. What the data shows is that there is more of a peak than a slowdown. The Holiday season in December and January are the peak but after that it is pretty consistent with a small bump in May and June (graduations and weddings). The data show that there are no peaks and valleys in the event business. This is good news as it proves that the event business is a consistent source of revenue and profit for venues.

Events Booked between May 2015 and May 2016

Events Booked between May 2015 and May 2016

Average Event Is Growing

The value of the average event has been growing slowly over the last few years, but in 2015 it really took a jump. From 2010 to 2014 the Average Event grew $303 dollars from $2,949 in 2010 to $3,252 in 2014. While growth is always good the amount of growth is not so great. In 2015 the Average Event really shot up to $4,900 that is an increase of $1,648 or 66%. Hopefully in 2016 the trend continues.



Average Price Per Person Is Improving

The Average Price Per Person(PPP) is calculated on the actual spend on the event divided by how people attended the event. We do not include tax, gratuity, admin fees etc in the calculation of the PPP. Like the Average Event the PPP is growing, but growing at a faster rate than the Average Event. In 2010 the PPP was $65 compared to $78 in 2015 that is a 20% increase over five years. My conclusion on why the average PPP is growing is because of upselling food by Event Managers and the rise in prices for wine and cocktails.


Booking Pace Ahead Of 2015

By all accounts 2015 was a breakout year for the Event Business. The Average Event grew by double digits and the Average Price Per Person also grew by 20%, Occupancy was also up, with a majority of the events taking place during the week. Bookings in 2016 are already outpacing 2015 bookings by 48% with the PPP and the Average Event growing. Bookings May 2015 to May 2016

In conclusion, 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for Restaurants, Hotels and Unique Venues. The key is to continue to close business quickly and once the business is closed to upsell the menu to drive the average PPP and overall Average Event.


  • Julia

    This is great news for us. We don’t want to be in a declining industry. I’ve heard here in Vegas, we are working hard to take out “seasonality” in general, with the town working with major corporations to keep the business conventions coming through the summer.

  • So glad to see a trend in corporate clients willing to spend more per guest on their events. I look forward to sharing this information with my team!

  • Cesar Hinojosa

    With being in Houston (an oil and gas city) and oil and gas being in a recession, we have seen a decline on the amount of money that corporations spend on their events.

    We are working hard on trying to bring different industries into our event spaces such as health care and finance.

  • Joscelyn

    Very exciting!

  • Amanda Obermeyer

    This is awesome! Thanks for the information. I’m going to pass this along to our team.

  • Carlen Funk

    This is great to see! I assumed things were going this direction, but it’s good to see the actual metrics!

  • You can really feel in more when you are at a boutique concept – out first and second quarters were phenomenal!!

  • Cristina

    Its great to see that the upward trend is fairly constant and continual. I’m happy to know that corporate clients are bouncing back and starting to spend more per person on their events.

  • Holly

    It is great to see how well our industry is going. We have definitely seen how things have been busier during normally “slower” times